Bhutan Private Journey

The World’s Last Shangri La

Trip Level

This trip is graded “3” according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. The hikes are moderate and suitable for people in good shape who enjoy mountain hiking. The longest hike is about three hours. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents, and the hikes are at moderate altitude, which can make them feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the journey.

Most of the accommodations in Bhutan are somewhat rustic but very charming, and we’ve chosen some of the country’s most well situated hotels/lodges for this journey. Please note that most hotel rooms are twin-bedded. Optional upgrades are available. All are luxurious, stylish 5-star retreats featuring beautifully appointed rooms decorated with traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, and relaxing spa facilities with Asian-inspired therapies.

Meals are included as noted in the detailed itinerary (dinners are not included at upgraded hotels unless prearranged). Generally, you will eat breakfast on your own at the lodge before meeting your guide for the day's activities. Your guides may join you for some lunches and dinners, depending on the schedule and your preference. Please be aware that many hotels/lodges in Bhutan provide simple buffets at lunch and dinner. The cuisine in Bhutan is generally based on basic rice with stir-fry and stew options. If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to advise us on your application form.

Please note that travel times vary depending upon local conditions, and the itinerary may change while you are in Bhutan due to government regulations and local climate conditions.

Weather

The Spring and fall seasons are the most popular times to visit the Kingdom. Bhutan's climate varies enormously and like much of your adventure in the Himalayas it will be quite unpredictable. Spring and fall temperatures in the Thimphu and Paro valleys range from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit but colder spells are not unusual. Winter daytime temperatures in the valleys average 60 degrees Fahrenheit during clear winter days but drop well below freezing during the night. Mid-December to early January can be a beautifully clear and dry time in western Bhutan. Light snow will often dust Thimphu and Paro in winter, and occasionally there will be heavy snowstorms. Punakha and the central valleys are lower in elevation and tend to be a few degrees warmer. The autumn season, late September through November, is usually very mild and clear. While fall colors surround and embrace your senses, the sky is often at its clearest, affording magnificent views of the Himalaya range.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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